Archive for March 2013

A Cook’s Place now open in Joyful Creations Gift Market

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Jodi Lehman, the owner of A Cook’s PlaceCooks place, has gotten everything set up at her new space in the  Joyful Creations Gift Market on McCullough Boulevard. She announced last fall she was closing her store on Industrial Boulevard and making the move.

She sent out an email yesterday announcing the opening at Joyful Creations. Here’s some of what she had to say:

We have finally moved! You can now visit us at Joyful Creations Gift Market at 2025 McCullough Blvd. I am still bringing in new items every week. My space inside has moved, so look for me closer to Sweet Tea & Biscuits cafe toward the back of the market.

Here’s a sample of items available now:

• Gourmet Coffee: Grand Reverence, German Chocolate, Southern Pecan, Coffee Cake, Vermont Maple Nut Crunch, Celebration Caffe and Breakfast Blend to name just a few.
• Loose Tea
• Peppercorns & Salts
• Spices coming soon!
• Gourmet Foods: Dips, My Favorites to drizzle over cream cheese, Vanilla Extract and Beans, Caramel Icing and more.
• Cookie Cutters
• And, other odds & ends. Look for Receipe Wednesday to start soon.



Written by Dennis Seid

March 29, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Wicker gets manufacturing award at Toyota

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U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Pontotoc native, was recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers yesterday at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs.Wicker award

He received the award from Bryan Hawkins, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association chairman, and Toyota Mississippi Vice President of Administration Doug Formby.

Wicker was given the Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.

From NAM:

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) the NAM’s Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, Inc. Senator Wicker supported 92 percent of the policies identified by the NAM as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 112th Congress.

“We thank Senator Wicker for ensuring that the manufacturing voice is heard in Washington,” said Formby. “It is leaders like Senator Wicker who know that manufacturers are drivers of economic growth, job creation and prosperity.” Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Dennis Seid

March 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Fulton has lowest gas price today 03/29/13

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Last Friday, our survey of gas stations showed Sherman and New Albany with the lowest gas price at $3.37 a gas prices

Fulton had the lowest price THIS week  at $3.32.

The highest price this week is a tie between Tupelo and Amory, at $3.52.  The state average is down another five cents this week. It is currently at $3.44.

For gas prices around the region…

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Written by Sarah Robinson

March 29, 2013 at 11:57 am

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Inspections: Tupelo High School, Mama

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Another good week for restaurant inspections. All those inspected this week received A’s.  Starting to think I might be good luck…only one grade below an A since I’ve been at Biz Buzz. restaurant inspection image

The state Department of Health regularly inspects restaurants and food facilities.

The facilities are graded from A to C. “A” is the best. “C” is the equivalent of failing, but the inspection isn’t bad enough to merit the closure of the restaurant.

The following Lee County facilities were inspected between March 23 and today.

The facilities are listed as they are in the MSDH system, even if there are typos.

— A’s —-

Written by Sarah Robinson

March 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Toyota adds solar panels to generate electricity

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi in Blue Springs is relying on Mother Nature to provide some electricity to the plant.

On the berm behind the main entrance sign to the plant is a row of solar panels, enough to generate about 50 kilowatts a day.

It’s not a lot, but it does make the solar project at Toyota Mississippi the fourth-largest such project in the state.

A typical U.S. household uses about 30 kilowatt hours a day.

Toyota Mississippi also has solar panels atop parking lot lights,

These moves aren’t surprising, considering it is Toyota’s model sustainability plant for North America.

Earlier this week, the EPA recognized Toyota for the ninth consecutive year as its Energy Star Partner of the year.


Written by Dennis Seid

March 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

BancorpSouth sets up $500 million loan fund for Miss. firms

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From the Associated Pressbancorpsouth-logo_rgb-300x66

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — BancorpSouth is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers.

Gov. Phil Bryant appeared with BancorpSouth executives to laud the move Thursday. Officials spoke at the headquarters of C Spire Wireless, citing the eight-story office building as an example of a project that cooperation between BancorpSouth and a state program made possible.

The fund underscores bank efforts to step up lending as their coffers swell with deposits. More loans would help restore bank profitability to pre-recession levels.

Bank loans fell sharply during the recession and officials with Tupelo-based BancorpSouth say some would-be borrowers still think banks aren’t lending.

The move echoes a $1 billion pool Regions Financial Corp. announced for Alabama businesses in February.

Written by Sarah Robinson

March 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

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Google tests “shopping express”

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News of Google’s long awaited Shooing Express from TechCrunch

Google is finally opening up its Google Shopping Express service to the public today, with the same day delivery service being made available as a test to select users in San Francisco and the Peninsula from San Mateo to San Jose. Participating retailers include, as we’ve previously reported: Target, Walgreens, Staples, American Eagle, Toys“R”Us/Babies“R”Us, Office Depot, San Francisco’s Blue Bottle Coffee, Raley’s Nob Hill Foods, and Palo Alto Toy & Sport.

Our original report asserted that this service was trying to price itself competitively to Amazon at around $69 – $64 a year, but Google is still working on its pricing plan and will be re-evaluting it as data comes in from early testers and retailers. Early testers will be getting six months of free, same day delivery via the platform, with items costing the same as they do in store.

Google Shopping Express

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Written by Sarah Robinson

March 28, 2013 at 10:48 am

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